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Snow, rain, ice. Short days, long nights. Doubled electric bills, but worth it for all the lights! Our short flight down to D.C.’s Reagan International Airport went very well. TSA seemed to have lots of extra agents in place. Security lines were fast or non-existent. Everyone on the flights was well-behaved. I mean, I guess that’s something to be happy about now — as opposed to something to be expected. Though we did have an extra luggage check both ways because we brought the game Bananagrams. Apparently that bag of little Scrabble-like tiles is a trigger for TSA — so now you know.

Snowmobile grant monies

Jackson will be receiving funds via the Maine Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Department for the improvement of snowmobile trails in town. “It is a grant available to municipalities or counties for sharing the cost of the construction and maintenance of snowmobile trails.” Funds will be used to help the Jackson Wheel & Ski club keep trails clear and groomed in the upcoming season.

Carol Singing in Brooks
Fa-la-la-la — come join the festive fun! The Brooks carolers will be meeting in front of the Marsh River Co-op (on Route 7 in downtown Brooks) on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m., the third Sunday of Advent. Come sing or just enjoy the holiday cheer.

Free healthful classes

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital are facilitating some good-for-you online classes in the coming weeks. There is a free Meditation Class on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at noon. Perfect to prepare for the onslaught of holiday guests. Maine Snap-Ed is providing a free class, “Eating Better on a Budget,” Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m., Dec. 6-27.

FMI: Call 301-3950, or visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com. Check the website regularly for upcoming classes as well.

Town Office

The next Select Board meeting is next Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The Town Office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 25.

Snow, slush and mailboxes

Having spent a couple of years working for the USPS — and receiving multiple phone calls — I am here to tell you, and it bears repeating: your mailbox sits in the public right of way by permission of your municipality, and if damaged, there is no legal entitlement to replacement or payment. So, maybe pretty it up, make it visible, take it in at night. While I’m on the subject, your mail carrier will not deliver to your box if they are not able to easily drive right up to it.

On the subject of snow, another reminder, Maine state law (29A MRSA2396) prohibits pushing of snow into the public way. No snow banks should be left beyond where the town contractor has pushed the banks. All snow from your driveway must be removed beyond those same town-plowed banks.

Holiday hours for UARRC

Plan ahead to unload all that wrapping paper and delivery boxes! The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas, and will reopen on Tuesday the 28th for regular hours. They will also be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year, and reopening on Jan. 4, 2022, for regular hours.

Got tires?

Need to get rid of your old tires? Just a reminder that the transfer station is only allowed to take 10 tires per week.  Please check with Janice before you take them. All tires must be off the metal rims, as the metal cannot go in the regular dumpsters and the metals recycling company will not take tires.

Holiday nugget

I enjoyed stringing popcorn garlands as a kid — one piece on the string, one piece popped in the mouth, another on the floor for the dog, great fun for all. If stringing popcorn is on your to-do list for this year’s Christmas tree, here are some tips: 1. Use day-old popcorn as it does not break apart as easily; in this case, stale is good. 2. Use waxed dental floss for easier stringing. 3. Add a pop of color with fresh cranberries — they have a natural waxy coating that helps preserve them through the holiday season.

(https://parade.com/628338/solanahawkenson/7-fun-facts-about-popcorn-garland-for-national-popcorn-string-day/)